Monday, February 11, 2013

Introducing "Gibson" Edwardian Shoes


Ladies, it's that time again, time for a new historical shoe style!  I've been waiting ages to properly introduce you to our latest lady, "Gibson."  You may have seen hints and teases, but here she is, quite officially, and opening for pre-order on February 15th.

"Gibson" Edwardian Shoes

  • An excellent shoe for all occasions, 1900-1920
  • Hand-stitched calf leather uppers, stylish cutouts, and gracefully pointed toe
  • 2 in / 5.08 cm custom French heel
  • Thick and durable sole
  • Pre-order availability in black, ivory, and butterscotch

Gibson's story starts with a sad pair of original Edwardian shoes, a pair that was obviously well loved, but somehow, despite the condition, survived its last legs.  It was an interesting shoe, this ancestor, made from fairly thin leather, with a very thick leather sole, and a stacked heel.

The original "Gibson" shoe
What I loved about this old lady is that she represents a very popular, very iconic style of Edwardian shoe.  The cutouts on the straps, and the little closure across the top of the foot were stylish yet practical, and remained so into the '20s and '30s, despite the varying shapes of lasts and heights of heels.  So this original shoe went off to our factory to be re-incarnated into Gibson, the first sample of which is seen here:

"Gibson" sample 1 - unbalanced, and a bit long in the toe.
It looked nice, but needed a few changes.  For one, never underestimate the incredibly long toes en vogue in the Edwardian era - they have the ability to make a lady's fit appear narrow, yes, but also quite a lot larger than it actually is.  This isn't an aspect modern ladies appreciate, so we shortened the toe slightly.

Heel evolution, from left to right
The heel also needed changes, to create the correct sturdy and balanced historical shape.  The decision was made to deviate from the original stacked heel in favor of a leather-covered heel to avoid the re-creation looking too modern, and also because we wanted to offer Gibson in three colors, two of which don't look so great with a stacked heel.


The final version of Gibson is a sturdy, respectable, and durable shoe that looks wonderful a-foot, and will serve you faithfully for years to come.  The uppers are the best leather available, the lining is leather, and the sole is a tough, thick, man-made material that will *not* wear out in one season.  Gibson will keep you comfortably on your feet all day, and stylishly clad in either the past or present.

Pre-Order Gibson February 15th at

17 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh this will be a pre-birthday pre-order present to myself. Then I will wear then alternatingly with the Tavistocks all summer long!

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  2. I need the brown ones. I NEED them! These shoes are too cute!

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    1. The brown is very lovely, very butterscotch, warm, and snazzy. You will love them!

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  3. Beautiful, will they be offered in size 10.5? Please say yes!

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  4. I just got my 23 Skidoo shoes in the post, and now I want every shoe you make! Can't wait for these, I think they'll be my next "sensible black shoes". Thank you!

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    1. These would be a good pick for sensible. They are super comfy, have a low but quite significant heel, without it looking bulky and out of place. You are going to LOVE these!

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    2. I wore 23 skidoo to teach tonight even though I haven't dyed them yet and so in love. So much in love. Gibsons will find a place in my house, definitely. Beautiful work, Lauren.

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  5. Absolutely love them! Ordering at least two pairs! Do the soles work for ballroom dancing as well as your others have?

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    1. The soles are man-made, but smooth, so they are slick the same as leather, but don't wear out nearly as fast. If you are planning to use them exclusively for ballroom dancing, I recommend the self-adhesive suede soles we just got in the Accessories section.

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    2. Fabulous! I want ALL of them now! Thanks so much.

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  6. I'm so excited! It's great these come in brown! Love em.

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  7. arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh... I love these!

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  8. I do believe that I may have to pre-order a pair for my anniversary trip and then a pair for my birthday a few months later. hmmm... I am starting to understand why shoes are a very important friend to ladies.

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  9. I think I can't resist these. Have to have one pair in brown. These are lovely!

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  10. Very cute! Though, I have to admit I'm anxiously awaiting the announcement of the ballroom slippers. xD

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